Salman on Silence: Speak truth or be silent, do not be angry

August 9, 2017

Mayman ibn Mihran reported: A man came to Salman Al-Farisi, may Allah be pleased with him, and he said, “O Abu Abdullah, advise me.” Salman said, “Do not speak.” The man said, “How can one live among people and not speak?” Salman said, “If you speak, then speak the truth or be silent.” The man said, “Tell me more.” Salman said, “Do not be angry.” The man said, “You have commanded me not to be angry, yet it overcomes me in a way I cannot control.” Salman said, “If you are angry, then restrain your tongue and your hand.” The man said, “Tell me more.” Salman said, “Do not mix with people.” The man said, “How can one live among people and not mix with them?” Salman said, “If you mix with people, then speak truthfully and fulfill the trust.”

Source: al-Ṣamt li Ibn Abī Dunyā 610

عَنْ مَيْمُونِ بْنِ مِهْرَانَ قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى سَلْمَانَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ فَقَالَ يَا أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ أَوْصِنِي قَالَ لَا تَكَلَّمْ قَالَ مَا يَسْتَطِيعُ مَنْ عَاشَ فِي النَّاسِ أَنْ لَا يَتَكَلَّمَ قَالَ فَإِنْ تَكَلَّمْتَ فَتَكَلَّمْ بِحَقٍّ أَوِ اسْكُتْ قَالَ زِدْنِي قَالَ لَا تَغْضَبْ قَالَ أَمَرْتَنِي أَلَّا أَغْضَبَ وَإِنَّهُ لَيَغْشَانِي مَا لَا أَمْلِكُ قَالَ فَإِنْ غَضِبْتَ فَامْلُكْ لِسَانَكَ وَيَدَكَ قَالَ زِدْنِي قَالَ لَا تُلَابِسِ النَّاسَ قَالَ مَا يَسْتَطِيعُ مَنْ عَاشَ فِي النَّاسِ أَنْ لَا يُلَابِسَهُمْ قَالَ فَإِنْ لَابَسْتَهُمْ فَاصْدُقِ الْحَدِيثَ وَأَدِّ الْأَمَانَةَ

610 الصمت لابن أبي الدنيا